After a seemingly interminable winter, temperatures are finally picking up and the days are getting longer. Meaning that a) summer is coming, but also b) it’s time to start searching for the perfect pair of sandals; a style that is elevated but also slots effortlessly into your existing wardrobe. In this instance, it’s best to stick with a tried-and-tested shape. Enter the espadrille. Favored by the likes of Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin, over the years this humble shoe has become a bona fide closet essential – and this season is no exception.
Ardent fashion fans will know that, when it comes to espadrilles, Spanish heritage label Castañer is the final word – and it’s easy to see why. The Castañer family has been crafting espadrilles since the 18th century; however, the business began in earnest in 1927, when Luis Castañer and his cousin Tomàs Serra founded the brand’s first official workshop. Espadrilles have always been synonymous with Spain, but it was in the 1970s, after capturing the attention of style icons including Yves Saint Laurent – who had the Castañer family produce jute-soled wedges for his summer collections – that they went global. As covetable now as they ever were, Castañer counts fashion insiders such as Aimee Song, Pandora Sykes and Jenny Walton among their most fervent fans – not to mention Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who was spotted wearing her Castañer wedges not once but twice on her recent royal tour of South Africa.
Ardent fashion fans will know that, when it comes to espadrilles, Spanish heritage label Castañer is the final word”
Exceptionally comfortable and endlessly wearable, the label’s classic Carina and Chiara styles are the perfect accompaniment to everything from floral dresses and utility pants to love-worn denim and oversized knits; while the leg-slimming ankle ties make them a no-brainer when it comes to adding feminine flair to this season’s short suits. However, aesthetics aren’t the only reason to love these timeless sandals. Over the past year, the storied yet future-facing label has put sustainability at the heart of what it does, combining centuries of craft with cutting-edge technology to ensure its shoes leave as small a footprint on the planet as possible.
All of which is to say, call off the search. ‘Perfect’ might be a subjective term, but if you’re looking for timely yet timeless sandals that will lend a sense of ease and elegance to any look, Castañer’s elevated espadrilles tick all the boxes.